The division of Iran’s fertile land began from the first day of the 1979 revolution when the clerics captured it from the people. In the land of the oppressed, they usurped the Shah’s properties and left for the people just empty baskets and desks.
The clerical authorities have ruthlessly and insatiably plundered oil, gas, mines, and fisheries in the past and seized the mountains, soil, forests and even the skies of Iran. Phenomena such as mountain and forest seizing are part of the result of the mullahs’ rule that have driven the country 500 years backwards.
Iran observers note there not a single day goes by when the mullahs and their Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) do not make a new arrangement to steal a new part of the wealth of the nation.
We have not forgotten that Ali Akbar Velayati, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s’s advisor who has 37 jobs and positions in this regime, called on the Iranian people to follow the example of the Yemeni lame-belted people and not to expect so much.
“Learn from the Yemenis how they resist threats and sanctions. Instead of clothes, they are lame-belted, have a gun in their hands and a few pieces of dry bread, and just on foot, but the Saudis are powerless confronting them.” (State-run daily Entekhab, September 29, 2018)
While Velayati advises people to wear a Yemeni lame and eat dry bread, social media posted photos of his sons attending the Greg Wall Street party at Istanbul’s Shangri-La Hotel as a successful tower builder from Saif Bana company. At the same time, it was revealed that Velayati owns a 1000-meter house next to Saadabad Palace.
The existence of such officials is not surprising in a government where the head is corrupted, as an Iranian saying says: ‘the fish fester from its head’.
When a reporter once asked the regime’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif:
“People ask that all these countries in the world have good relations with other countries and there is no pressure on them. Why is there pressure on Iran?”
He brazenly responded: “We, the people of Iran, wanted to live differently.”
It is with this view that on state television, people are told not to eat fruit in expensive conditions or to eat just rice without meat or ‘Eshkeneh’ (a very primitive meal with potatoes and onions) and be satisfied.
But the truth is that each of these statements is just increasing the people’s fury against their turbaned rulers. The state-run media only reflects a small part of this resentment, but it is also catastrophic.
“Today, people do not want to speak and decided instead them, and then to say that the people themselves wanted to live this way. Today, our people see some officials and agents are doing strange things in the name of circumventing sanctions. Witnessing rent and right-seeking. That is why people are critical. Critic of why the resistance should always be related to the lower and specific deciles of the society and only the workers and the deprived and border areas people must be satisfied and waiting for the reward of the hereafter.
“Why must the fuel porters risking their lives and accepting the bullets (IRGC soldiers) and the cargo porters must accept the risk of the borders just for a piece of bread. Why do these strata have no tribune, and their voices are not heard, and then the tribunes are for officials and experts to talk about lame-belting around the waist and the people’s choice, and to eat less meat and fruit and be satisfied?” (State-run daily Arman, March 18, 2021)
This newspaper asked: “Why do people no longer accept these dictated and shabby ideologies?”
This is a question the answer to which is known well by the Iranian leadership.